Friday, 4 February 2011

Influences & Research

The first song that I have chosen to illustrate is the song Spellbound.  I have looked at the lyrics for this song and images that relate to it.  I want my work to have a gothic look to it and something I thought could be quite interesting to look at is Salvador Dali's Work for the 1945 Alfred Hitchcock's film, Spellbound, which is about a female psychiatrist who protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.  The film features a famous dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali that includes some astonishing images, including huge floating eyes, twisted landscapes, and a faceless man in a tuxedo.

Kyle Cooper who is an acclaimed modern designer of motion picture title sequences created the title sequence for the 1995 American crime film Se7en, a seminal work which received critical acclaim and inspired a number of younger designers. According to Cooper, at the time he made the title sequence for Seven, main title sequences were behind of what was happening in print, music videos and commercials. He wanted to create main titles that were raising the bar creatively.

Below is the opening credits for the film Memento, a 2000 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film is about a man suffering from short-term memory loss, that uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. It is presented as two different sequences of scenes, a series in black and white that are shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order. The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film, producing one common story. During the opening credits of the film, the only sequence to be played backwards is shown. It starts with the developed polaroid photograph of a man shot in the head. As the sequence plays backwards we are shown the photo undeveloping, entering the camera, being taken, etc. As the credits end, we see the protagonist shoot a man in the head.

I like the above videos and although it would be a good idea to create something like this, I don't really have the knowledge to produce a short animation, so instead I may create still versions which could illustrate parts of the song in order. I am going to do some more research into what type of solutions I could create and what may help to interact with Lacuna Coil's fan base.  I am going to try and contact Lacuna Coil by emailing their website and their pages on myspace and Facebook to see if I can gain a response from them and maybe some more ideas.  I also like the idea of using polaroids, a few other ideas, even obvious ones could be:

  • Storyboards, comic - strip book/concert programme
  • Poster, scratch cards, badges, t -shirts
  • cd/cover covers - booklet
  • sticker book, flip-book, adult colouring book
  • step by step drawing
  • montage, typography etc
  • crime report folders
  • scrapbooks
  • fan mail etc

Even though i am not going to create a title sequence I have still looked at others for possible styling for my illustration work, there are a few videos that I like below and also a link to the website as there are far too many good ones to put up on here!

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